Premier League decision to cap away tickets at £30 is praised by Norwich City chairman Ed Balls

The traveling Norwich fans during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea

The traveling Norwich fans during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has praised the Premier League's decision to cap the price of away tickets at £30 from the start of next season.

The price cap will be in place for the next three seasons under new rules announced following a meeting of the 20 member clubs in February, which saw it decided that more needed to be done to help travelling supporters, who face increased costs to attend matches across the country, but also help make a unique atmosphere.

The new measures will replace the Away Supporters' Initiative, which was introduced in 2013 and saw clubs individually implement a range of measures, including travel subsidies, reciprocal pricing and reduced admissions as well as improved facilities.

The £30 cap will run from the start of the 2016/17 campaign through to 2018/19, a period which will see the Premier League clubs receive record revenue (£5.14 billion) from broadcasting deals.

'Clubs know that away fans have a unique status. They are essential for match atmosphere and stimulate the response from home fans that distinguishes Barclays Premier League matches from those of other leagues,' a statement from the Premier League read.


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'Away fans have additional travel costs and pay individual match prices, as season ticket and other discounts are not available to them and the responsibility for them is shared between clubs and therefore it is right that there is a collective initiative to help them.'

That news has been welcomed by the Canaries' chairman, who replaced Alan Bowkett at Carrow Road in December.

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'We fully support the announcement from the Premier League today that prices for away fans are to be capped at £30 across all clubs from next season,' Balls told City's website.

'You only have to look at the incredible commitment and passion for our club displayed time and time again by Norwich fans as they travel often very long distances in consistently impressive numbers to support the Canaries.

'We've already very pro-actively supported the existing Away Supporters' Initiative by committing well over the mandatory £200,000 annual spend on measures to help away fans; whether that be through subsidised tickets, free coach travel or both – as was the case when 2,057 Norwich fans took a 600-mile round trip from Norfolk to Swansea last Saturday.

'Carrow Road is always packed with an occupancy rate of 99.7pc at the moment. This generates a fantastic atmosphere, which will be particularly important in the coming weeks. Away supporters from other clubs certainly play an important part in that.

'This new scheme from the Premier League ensures both our fans who travel away and those that visit us will benefit from a fair and consistent pricing policy.'

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